In this issue
Issue 61 ▪ April 2021
The impact of Brexit has caused havoc across many industries in the UK, severely impacting businesses operating across European borders. In this issue, we explore how the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement will impact the UK construction industry, from workforce considerations to public procurement processes and international projects, and ask how the effects of Brexit have been felt by the sector so far.
We also continue our coverage on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry: We find out how architects have adapted their working models during the pandemic, how they plan to work in the future, and which tools they rely on for remote working. We also check out pandemic-inspired designs for buildings and public spaces - from hygiene-conscious schools to socially distanced bars and theatres - and explore how the trend towards working from home will shape design requirements for future residential developments.
Elsewhere, we ask whether conversions of empty retail spaces could meet housing demand and how a proposed reform to planning policy in the UK aims to facilitate this. Plus, we check out materials and interiors inspired by the return to nature, which has been identified as a trend for 2021.
We hope you enjoy this issue and the new design. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @designbuild_mag.
Susanne Hauner, publisher